Expanding Career and Technical Education Opportunities
March 2, 2021
Referendum is Approved
Thank you to all the voters of our Eastern Iowa Community Colleges service area. The bond referendum to support expanding career and technical education was approved with more than 70 percent of voters supporting the measure.
Expanding career and technical education in our region
Residents approved the bond referendum for new Career and Technical Education labs and facilities and expansion of existing classroom buildings to support EICC’s Career and Technical Education programs, and Career Academies for high school students.
This $40 million bond levy replaces one approved by voters in 2007 that ends this year. Retiring bonds approved by voters in 2007 means that the property taxes to be levied for this project means there will be no significant impact on what taxpayers are already contributing, with the total tax levy rate for the bonds for the next ten years averaging no more than, and likely less, than the rate for the last ten years.
New and expanded classrooms and labs
Funds will be used for new and expanded career training labs at EICC’s Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community College main campuses, the Blong Technology Center and CCC’s Maquoketa center. They will also be used for a new facility in DeWitt and a new agriculture education center in Scott County.
Meeting community needs
The Eastern Iowa Community Colleges’ Board of Trustees approved the bond referendum based on the urgent and compelling need for Career and Technical Education for both adults and high school students in our region.
The economic future of Eastern Iowa depends on a skilled workforce, and 65 percent of the jobs of today and tomorrow require education and training beyond high school. Expanding career and technical education throughout the region, especially in our rural communities, increases access and opportunities for eastern Iowans to build the skills necessary for a prosperous and productive future.
What are high school Career Academies?
Career Academies, a key piece of the proposed expansion, are partnerships with area high schools that provide students the opportunity to receive hands-on career training and college credits while still in high school. Career Academies provide a clear career path and goal for high school students and are especially beneficial for those students who might not normally pursue further education or training after high school. A number of area school boards have approved resolutions in support of the referendum because of the jump start these programs will provide for their students’ careers.
Expanded and proposed program areas
- Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics
- Agriculture Mechanics and Diesel Technology
- Allied Health and Nursing
- Automotive Technology
- Construction Technology and Management
- Criminal Justice
- Engineering Technology
- Information Technology, including Programming, Networking, Cyber Security and Augmented and Virtual Reality
- Polymer Technology
Questions? Call toll-free 1-888-336-3907, email email@example.com or contact the college nearest you and ask to speak to an advisor.
- Clinton Community College, 563-244-7000
- Muscatine Community College, 563-288-6000
- Scott Community College, 563-441-4000
It is the policy of Eastern Iowa Community College District not to discriminate in its programs, activities, or employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, and actual or potential family, parental or marital status, as required by the Iowa Code §§216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681-1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.). If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy, please contact Debora J. Sullivan, Equal Employment Opportunity Officer/Equity Coordinator, Eastern Iowa Community College District, 101 West Third Street, Davenport, Iowa 52801, 563-336-3487, firstname.lastname@example.org or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, Illinois 60661-7204, phone number 312-730-1560, fax 312-730-1576, OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.